What we lack in decent page design, we make up for with lackluster articles and late reports.
Sunday, May 23, 2004
N-Run Returns... Again
N-Run was supposed to have a nice, lengthy e3 report for its many readers, but the N-Run staff got a little bogged down during the week after the exposition. As a result, e3 impressions are still being compiled. N-Run coverage will resume very quickly. Try to make it until then.
Monday, May 10, 2004
New Disney GBA Games: Tron and Nightmare Before Christmas
It seems that the GBA will be receiving two new Disney titles later this year. The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King and Tron 2.0: Killer App are both scheduled for a late 2004 release. What is really interesting is that Tron 2.0: Killer Ap will include emulated versions of the original Tron arcade games; the developer, Digital Eclipse, is one of the leading arcade emulation companies and their work should prove to be most interesting.
Majesco's New Wireless GBA Products
Majesco, publishers of the GBA Video series, will be demonstrating two wireless GBA products at e3 this year. The Wireless Link is an interesting gadget that allows any link cable game to be played wirelessly. Triton Labs, the folks behind the GBA Afterburner kit, had been working on just such a device last year, although it's not yet known whether Majesco purchased their device or developed it internally.

The Wireless Messenger will allow users to send messages between GBA units, although it's not yet known exactly how the WM device will communicate (a built-in transmitter, using the official wireless adaptor, or using Majesco's Wireless Link).

Neither device has been officially approved by Nintendo at this point, and we're curious as to whether or not the Wireless Link will be, as it seems to somewhat conflict with Nintendo's own Wireless Adaptor.
Koei To Release a DS Game?
According to gaming news site Game-Science, Koei has announced that it will be developing a Dynasty Warriors game for the DS system. Perhaps we'll see more at e3... or simply find ourselves consumed by regret.
Almost Everyone Loves the DS
Nintendo recently sent out a press release which said that over 100 developers were currently working on titles for the DS. Whether all of them will actually release a game is another story entirely, of course - don't forget that Square had N64 and Virtual Boy development kits. While the possession of a development kit isn't enough to confirm actual development, it does seem like a rather good sign that so many developers have access to the proper tools and generally seem enthusiastic about the platform.
Free Radical's Timesplitters and Second Sight
EA will be publishing Free Radical's new Timesplitters game in early 2005. Entitled Timesplitters Future Perfect and designed by a team including a few members of Rare's old Goldeneye team, the game features multiplayer support (death matches and two player co-op mode), but the GameCube version will not feature online support.

CodeMasters will be publishing Second Sight, a third person action adventure with emphasis on the main character's bizarre mental powers. Expect more details after e3.
New Goldeneye from EA
EA has announced a new Goldeneye game, coming to all three console platforms. GoldenEye: Rogue Agent allows you to play as the bad guy this time around: a discredited British agent who has lost his eye in battle, and now sports an artificial golden eye.

We'd like to take a moment to give thanks that EA hasn't purchased to rights to any other decent game recently.
Sunday, May 09, 2004
Upcoming Games from Sega
Sega held their press conference recently, announcing their upcoming games. The GameCube will see Amazing Island, Puyo Puyo Fever, and Virtua Quest. Astro Boy: The Omega Factor is scheduled for release on the GBA. Sega may well announce additional titles at e3 itself.
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
The Return of Wacky Game Deals
Special note for the week: Amazon / Toys R Us have a special shipping deal going on. If you spend at least $50 on video games, the shipping is free.

  • $9.99 GBA Motocross Maniacs Advance at Amazon / Toys R Us.

  • $9.99 GC Batman: Dark Tomorrow at Amazon/Toys R Us

  • $9.99 GC Minority Report at Amazon / Toys R Us.

  • $9.99 GC Street Hoops at Amazon / Toys R Us.

  • $9.99 GC UFC Throwdown at Amazon / Toys R Us.

  • $9.99 GC Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions at Amazon / Toys R Us.

  • $12.99 GBA Wakeboarding Unleashed Featuring Shaun Murray at Amazon/J&R Electronics.

  • $19.00 GC Samurai Jack:The Shadow of Aku at Newegg.com ($4 shipping)

  • $19.99 GC Roadkill at Amazon / Toys R Us.

  • $19.99 GC/GBA Tak and the Power of Juju at Gamestop

  • $19.99 GC Skies of Arcadia Legends at Fry's Outpost.com site.

    Cheaper F-Zero and Mario Golf
    Nintendo's prices just got a little lower. You should now be able to pick up F-Zero GX for a mere $20 and Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour for $30.
    New Game From a Mario Director
    Takeshi Koizumi, one of the directors of Super Mario Sunshine, will be revealing a new game at e3.

    Let the speculation begin.
    First DS Game Announced by Telegames
    Telegames has announced that it will be publishing a game collection for the DS system, in the same vein as Ultimate Brain Games and Ultimate Pocket Games. The game will contain a collection of classic games and puzzles, such as chess, checkers, and blackjack. More information will be revealed at a later date.
    Thursday, April 29, 2004
    The Son of Wacky Gaming Deals
    More low priced games for everyone. Some online prices are good at a company's retail stores, others are not.
  • $5.29 GC Big Air Freestyle at Amazon/Toys R Us. (Might be online only)

  • $9.99 GC Super Bubble Pop at Bestbuy.com.

  • $9.99 GC Swingers Golf at Electronics Boutique.

  • $14.99 GC Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee at eToys / KBtoys.com.

  • $14.99 GC Hitman 2 at Bestbuy.com.

  • $14.99 GC Timesplitters 2 at Bestbuy.com.

  • $16.99 GC Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo at eToys / KBtoys.com.

  • $19.99 GC Billy Hatcher at Electronics Boutique.

  • $19.99 GC Ikaruga at BestBuy.com.

  • $19.99 GBA Game Boy Advance Jukebox MP3 player/encoder in Best Buy stores, if you can still find any in stock. Some Wal-Mart stores have been seen carrying them as well, albiet for a much higher price.

  • $19.99 GC Skies of Arcadia Legends in Fry's Electronics stores.

    Games Released This Week - Update
    It appears we missed the GBA bowling game Ten Pin Alley 2 when we did our weekly release update. It has been released. Aren't you thrilled?
    New Worms Game Coming
    Sega of Europe recently announced that it would be publishing Worms Forts Under Siege for "all three platforms". It's scheduled for a late 2004 release in Europe. More information should appear at e3.
    Kirby Conquers Japan
    It seems that the newest GBA Kirby game, Great Labryinth of the Mirror, is the week's best selling game in Japan. Now we just have to wait for NOA to release it over here.
    Burnout 3 Mystery
    IGN's GameCube subsite recently maintained that Burnout 3 will not be released on the GameCube. Strangely, Gamestop still has the title listed on their website. It's quite possible that Gamestop is simply slow to update their catalog, but this listing has led to a flurry of arguements about whether or not the title will be ported to the GameCube. Odds are that it won't, but the issue is getting a bit fuzzier.
    Mysterious Sega Announcement Coming
    Sega has recently invited several members of the gaming press to a May 12th press conference, with the promise of "BIG news you'd NEVER guess". The announcement, to be held on the first day of e3, is a bit of a mystery to all; there is really no way to tell whether it will deal with Nintendo or not. However, now that we know there will be an announcement, rampant speculation can begin.
    Metal Slug Advance
    Although rumored for a while now, SNK has officially announced that it is bringing Metal Slug Advance to the USA. We have nothing more to report.
    EA plans to bring a Lord of the Rings RPG to the GameCube (and other assorted systems) this fall, entitled Lord of the Rings: The Third Age. Very little is known about the game so far, other than that it is a traditional RPG (in the same vein as Final Fantasy) and that it covers the storyline of the LOTR trilogy, possibly through the eyes of different characters.

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